A CBI court in Mumbai reprimanded the counsel of former Gujarat Minister of State for Home Amit Shah for seeking yet another exemption for his client without assigning any reason for the BJP leader’s non-appearance in connection with the 2006 Tulsiram Prajapati fake encounter case.
“Every time you are giving an exemption application without assigning any reason,” said special CBI judge JT Utpat after CBI counsel B P Raju opposed Mr. Shah’s exemption application.
However the court allowed his exemption application and fixed the next date of hearing on July 4.
Earlier, on June 6, the court had allowed the exemption plea of Mr. Shah and postponed the hearing till today.
Mr. Shah in his exemption application today said he could not attend the court hearing as he was in Delhi. “Shah is engaged in political work in New Delhi and therefore not about to come to court,” read his application filed by his lawyer Robin Mogera.
The court is also likely to pass an order on the discharge application filed by Mr. Shah on June 25.
The court had on May 9 issued summons to Mr. Shah and other accused in the case, which was transferred from Gujarat to Mumbai this year.
The CBI had charge-sheeted Mr. Shah and 18 others, including several police officers, in the case in September 2013.
According to the CBI, gangster Sohrabuddin Sheikh, claimed to have links to Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, and his wife Kauser Bi were abducted by Gujarat’s Anti-Terrorism Squad when they were on way from Hyderabad to Sangli in Maharashtra and killed in an alleged fake encounter near Gandhinagar in November 2005.
Tulsiram Prajapati, an eye-witness to the encounter, was killed by police at Chapri village in Banaskantha district of Gujarat in December 2006.
Mr. Shah, who was then Minister of State for Home was allegedly involved in the conspiracy behind both the incidents.